Chapelle: and, what will much surprise you, unless you have lived long enough not to be surprised, is, that Lord Bolingbroke has hobbled the same way too—you will suppose, as a minister for France; I tell you, no. My uncle, who is here, was yesterday stumping along the gallery with a^very political march: my Lord asked him whither he was going. Oh, said I, to Aix-la-Chapelle.
You ask me about the marrying Princesses. I know not a tittle. Princess Louisa seems to be going, her clothes are bought; but marrying our daughters makes no conversation. For either of the other two, all thoughts seem to be dropped of it. The senate of Sweden design themselves to choose a wife for their man of Lubeek.
The City, and our supreme governors, the mob, are very angry that there is a troop of French players at Cliefden ^ One of them was lately impertinent to a countryman, who thrashed him. His Eoyal Highness sent angrily to know the cause. The fellow replied, 'he thought to have pleased his Highness in beating one of them, who had tried to kill his father and had wounded his brother.' This was not easy to answer.
I delight in Prince Craon's exact intelligence! For his satisfaction, I can tell .him that numbers, even here, would believe any story full as absurd as that of the King and my Lord Stair; or that very one, if anybody will write it over. Our faith in politics will match any Neapolitan's in religion. A political missionary will make more converts in a county progress than a Jesuit in the whole empire of China, and will produce more preposterous miracles. Sir "Watkin LETTER 130.—-1 Tiie residence of the Prince of Wales.